Whose way?

14 01 2012

I have been mulling over Psalm1.  It talks about not walking in step with the wicked, and by implication, encourages us to walk in step with God. (That would make a good sub-theme for the year.) But it demands a closeness and co-operation that I am not always willing for. Think three-legged race.

We quickly hear mankind singing Frank Sinatra’s My Way  and abandoning opportunities for closeness and co-operation in the early chapters of Genesis. Think hide and seek.

Despite that, God offers an extraordinary invitation in Genesis chapter 3:8-9 – “Where are you?”  It’s an invitation to come back to him, to stop hiding and to come back to closeness.  Of course God knows perfectly well where Adam is; he knows perfectly well where I am, but he will not force himself into relationship.  Instead he invites – “Come to me, walk with me, keep company with me.”

“But what happens when we live God’s way?

He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

Galatians 5:22-23 (The Message)

 

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